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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

CFHS Humanities students adored The Veiled Lady by Raffaelle Monti for its demure expression and expertly carved features.

A rare glimpse

By Grace Miller, Cannon Falls High School January 31, 2023

The opaque automatic door slid open. Not knowing quite what to expect, a gaggle of students stepped into an expansive room, adorned with beautiful paintings and statues on all sides. As they walked in,...

Junior Ava Horwitz holding her debut book, Growing Pains, a poetry collection.

Latin’s Newest Must-Read: ‘Growing Pains’

By Eliza Lampert, Latin School of Chicago January 25, 2023

In December, junior Ava Horwitz released her debut book, “Growing Pains,” a poetry collection about having to accept losing adolescence and growing up. “Growing Pains” has been in the works...

The “Get Ready With Me” (GRWM) TikTok trend, spread on all platforms of media, showing the inside of everyone’s regular lives. These videos make new people and products popular, spreading influence to people in all communities, especially beauty viewers. The trends allow watchers to enjoy the behind-the-scenes in peoples lives and find inspiration for new adventures and creative looks.

Get Ready to talk about GRWM

By Callie Kinsinger, North Cobb High School January 25, 2023

Numerous people in the beauty and fashion communities see and participate in the recent trend “Get Ready With Me” (GRWM) on TikTok. Influencers and trend followers make one-to-three-minute videos showing...

Jeon poses with her new book Brand New World. Her book, available on Amazon, combines elements of Greek mythology, tragedy and dark academia.

Jina Jeon ’23 publishes novel

By Zoe Goor and Everett Lakey January 24, 2023

Presentation Managing Editor Jina Jeon '23 published her novel "Brand New World" on Amazon on Nov. 11. The book, inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, is the first that Jeon has published,...

Why does modern art get so much hate? Modern art may seem meaningless at first glance, but when you consider the context in which the art is created, you may uncover the significance.

Modern art gets too much hate

By Alexa Bu, Bellaire High School January 23, 2023

“I could’ve done that.” “How is that art?” These are the statements that have been relentlessly thrown at modern art from the very beginning of its conception. And it is since this conception...

Performers unveil work in the arts during Student Directed Showcase productions

By Sidak Sanghari, Hima Thota, Alison Yang, and Sally Zhu January 20, 2023

A misshapen blob of students, dressed in costumes ranging from floral shirts to ski boots to construction vests, gather onstage. Wrapping their arms around each other, they squat down, heads bowed in anticipation....

Newman poses in dress that she designed and created. Photo courtesy of Emma Newman.

Newman’s New Wave

By Harry Lowitz, Francis W. Parker School January 19, 2023

“I think things that make sense are not interesting,” senior Emma Newman said. “So why discuss them?” If you ever walk by art room 121 and you hear the beat of a sewing machine, the scrape of...

While the Infinity Saga featured aspirational characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk as well as countless groundbreaking moments, the lack of diversity and female representation was difficult to ignore.

Are Marvel’s new projects “bad,” or are you just not the target audience?

By Maddie Kaltman, Walt Whitman High School January 18, 2023

Robert Downey Jr. Scarlett Johansson. Chris Evans. Their signatures scrawl from left to right as fans dry tear-filled eyes. The rolling of emotion-filled credits after “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) marked...

The cover of the new album from Kidz at Play, Mike Tyson Jab.

Clover Hill alumni release debut album, make waves in music scene

By Levi Xayachack, Clover Hill High School January 18, 2023

Kidz at Play, or KaP, the creative house born straight from The Hill, is booming in success and hype as the rollout of their debut album shakes up the local music scene. The 11 track album, “Mike Tyson...

A collage contains rooms and logos of both Surelocked In Escape Games and Escape This Frederick. Both escape rooms offer many levels of difficulty and fun puzzles to try.

Living in a story: Escape games provide entertainment and education to the Frederick community

By Mia Lucas, Linganore High School January 18, 2023

The time slowly dwindles down on the clock on the wall. Players race around the room completing tasks, figuring out clues and helping each other. Bit by bit, they unlock each piece of vital information...

Digital illustration of a promotional poster for Avatar: The Way of Water.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” is a visual spectacle

By Thomas Rose, BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL January 18, 2023

James Cameron’s 2009 film “Avatar” was hailed as a monumental film upon its release; it reinvigorated a stagnating film industry with its use of amazing visuals and stunning CGI, a new and rapidly...

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood will be remembered for bringing new wave fashions into the mainstream.

‘The Godmother of Punk’ will live on: Vivienne Westwood’s legacy

By Shobini Iyer, Pleasant Valley High School - IA January 17, 2023

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood subverted traditional British fashion conventions, built a global empire and practically invented nonconformity.  Known as the 'Godmother of Punk,' Westwood helped bring...

An artist warms up for “Tournik,” the last act of Corteo, part of the 2023 Cirque du Soleil tour at the DCU Center.

A look behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’

By Katherine Wu and Kate Michel January 17, 2023

Performers flew through the air, dazzling and captivating the audience at Cirque du Soleil’s show, “Corteo,” on Jan. 12 at the DCU Center in Worcester, with audience members unaware of the dynamics...

Director Maria Schrader, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Kazan for She Said

‘She Said’: How Do We Watch Movies After #MeToo?

By Lyla Granich, Latin School of Chicago January 13, 2023

Nearly three years after Harvey Weinstein’s initial conviction in February 2020, the Clara Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles found itself mirroring the proceedings of the New York...

NewJeans’ new wave

By Janell Lim, Hagerty High School January 11, 2023

Wow.  Released Jan. 2, “OMG” is the first single album by NewJeans, a rising star in K-pop who made headlines with their new and fresh concept reminiscent of Y2K fashion.  Debuting on July...

Dylan Craft, Henry English and Ryan Phillips play at the 2022 Hayes High School Talent Show. Their band is named The Idle Mind.

Let’s get the band back together: Student bands at Hayes

By Grace Metz, Rutherford B. Hayes High School January 11, 2023

Music is the beating heart of student culture at Hayes. Rock, pop, grunge and rap fill cars and crowded hallways. Organizations like marching band and symphony orchestra are decorated with awards and...

AWARDS FOR THE AUTHOR: Guldjian’s book, Lulu and Chloe’s Cooking Adventure, was the #1 New Release in Children’s Books on Diseases & Physical Illness shortly after its release. The reviews on Amazon are also positive, the book receiving mostly five stars. “I thought just a couple of family members would buy it,” Guldjian said. “I was shocked.”

Senior publishes book for health awareness

By Lilly Ashworth, Mater Dei High School January 11, 2023

Senior Lucy Guldjian published her first children’s book, Lulu and Chloe’s Cooking Adventure on Amazon on Oct. 20 of this year. Guldjian’s book is based on her experience with Ulcerative Colitis...

While students use social media to connect virtually to others and access information, social media platforms use algorithms to personalize the information presented to users. “I like that recommendations make it a lot easier to find content that interests me,” junior Michael Emerson said. “But it also frightens me because sometimes it makes it hard to get off the scrolling and clicking cycle and makes me feel like I‘m glued to my phone.”

Algorithms of students’ digital world

By Raj Jaladi, Parkway West High School January 11, 2023

Ever wonder who is creating the “For You” page on TikTok, “Home Tweets” on Twitter or “Suggested Reels” on Instagram — all tailored and personalized just for you? The mastermind behind all...

“Nepotism baby”: A newly coined phrase catapults its way into the lives of young people, clearing way for mixed feelings, and allowing for the debunking of Hollywood and meritocracy, all while becoming the topic of an internet trend.

Nepotism Babies Are Everywhere

By Emily Nguyen, Wentzville Liberty High School January 10, 2023

Any social media connoisseur will tell you that trends and fads come and go. Gossip on the internet comes rushing onto feeds quickly, and fades even quicker. The lives of millennials and Gen-Z can seemingly...

Although society is reaching an all-time high for mental health awareness, celebrities are still facing heavy scrutiny about what they depict in their art, particularly surrounding mental health. Musical artist Taylor Swift received backlash for her display of body dysmorphia in her “Anti-Hero” music video. “There’s a difference between saying being fat is bad and saying you have [an] eating disorder that you’re constantly battling,” Swift fan @expiredthrills said on Twitter.

Taylor Swift silenced from “Speaking Now” about her experience with body dysmorphia

By Elle Rotter, Parkway West High School January 5, 2023

The camera pans across a bathroom wall as musical artist Taylor Swift looks down as she stands on the scale. Zooming in, we discover that the scale reads “FAT.” Fans and critics collectively booed...

A delectable cheesecake from The Village Pub in Woodside, Calif.

Behind the Michelin star: fine dining’s finest

By Maya Campbell and Gracia Shao-Xue December 22, 2022

They are simultaneously found on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, within a certain culinary guidebook, and millions of miles away from Earth. These captivating objects have ensnared humanity's focus for thousands...

“Wednesday” is an amalgamation of cliche teenage TV plots, all wrapped in a gothic bow.

“Wednesday” replaces the creepy, kooky Addams Family with clumsy clichés

By Sofia Jones Rivera and Tanvi Rao December 20, 2022

Premiering on Nov. 23, “Wednesday” falls short of recreating the macabre charm of the “Addams Family” movies and series of the 90s. The series focuses on the teenage Wednesday Addams as she navigates...

Anti-Black bigotry is prevalent on the internet, and online platforms are some of the most significant factors in perpetuating this anti-Black discrimination. For example, anonymity on the internet emboldens people to say racist things online that they would not typically say in person. “[People] can have fake names and say what they want because you don’t know them, and they know you don’t know them. They’ll say pretty hurtful things about African-Americans, and they’ll use a lot of vulgar language about [us]. I believe you’re more likely to hear racism online than anywhere else,” junior Nylah Thompson said.

Digital discrimination: Black voices — and the suppression thereof — in digital spaces

By Elizabeth Franklin, Parkway West High School December 20, 2022

Turn on the television. Somewhere, sometime, a man stands at a podium, blood-red tie plastered against his sweat-soaked suit, his forehead red and clammy from exertion. He jabs his finger into the audience,...

Many film industries have started incorporating more LGBTQ+ characters into their scripts and schools are incorporating novels with queer characters into their literature curriculums, influencing audiences’ views on the queer community.

The representation of the LGBTQ+ community in media

By Alyssa Wang and Neha Ayyer December 19, 2022

In Disney’s recently released movie “Lightyear,” a short clip of a kiss shared by two women garnered much controversy, as some believed that it was inappropriate for children and furthered an insidious...

Due to the success of Violent Night, the film received 43 million dollars worldwide. The film generally received positive reviews.

“Violent Night” is a gory take on Christmas films

By Joseph Sanfilippo, Colonia High School December 19, 2022

Christmas time allows families to get together and celebrate gift-giving traditions. Children await for Santa to come down the chimney and deliver their favorite toys. Besides the food and gifts, movies...

The recent clash between the Blackpink and TwoSet Violin fandoms reflects the growing aggressive toxicity behind K-pop stans.

A tale of two fandoms: what happened between Blackpink and TwoSet Violin?

By Grace Huang, Amador Valley High School December 16, 2022

As K-pop continues to grow in popularity, fandoms are increasing in size on a global scale. However, there are a number of overly obsessive fans, or stans, who attack any critics who shine a negative light...

Advancements in artificial intelligence technology initiate changes in the entertainment industry. FN Meka, Holly Herndon and Darth Vader are just a few of the many examples of AI integration in music and film.

AI powers new age of talent

By Irene Sheen, Sunny Hills High School December 16, 2022

Neon green braids, face tattoos, gold chains and grillz — although he embodies the physical traits of a stereotypical American rapper, he is quite literally detached from the human world.  Powered...

The large community of TikTok that discusses and recommends books is commonly called “BookTok.” The hashtag “%23BookTok” has over 93 billion views across the app.

BookTok praises few books, proves dangerous for most authors

By Alex Gaines ’25, Staples High School December 15, 2022

In English class earlier this year, my teacher asked that we all bring in an independent reading book to read during our free time in class. The next day, when he asked us all to share which books we had...

Junior Mateo Jones performs at Tunnel Vision in July 2022. Performing live provides motivation for Jones. [Concerts] really got me really interested in making music again, Jones said.

A Starity is born

By Lanie Sepehri, McCallum High School December 15, 2022

Art imitates life, or so the saying goes. But for junior Mateo Jones, it’s the opposite. Jones and the music he makes are the products of different musical influences: from Kendrick Lamar to Ken Carson...

Senior Danielle Goodall proudly holds one of her many art pieces on display. Goodall has been drawing since the age of 3 and plans to pursue a career in graphic art after high school.

Pandemic helps senior artist find her passion

By Kelly Egan, Londonderry High School December 14, 2022

While senior Danielle Goodall was stuck in her house during the quarantine, she turned to her sketchbook to pass the time. She’s always loved drawing, but brushed it off as nothing but a hobby. It wasn’t...

Margaret Galvez, Los Al senior, host and producer of The Sy-STEM. 

A Los Al senior’s podcast: ‘The Sy-STEM’

By Bella Kim, Los Alamitos High School December 14, 2022

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- Margaret Galvez, a senior at Los Alamitos High School, hosts and produces a podcast called “The Sy-STEM,” where she interviews people about their successes and struggles in the...

The long-awaited God of War: Ragnarök released Nov. 9, 2022. Featuring stunning visuals and a strong storyline, the game does not disappoint.

“God of War Ragnarök” brings a masterfully balanced experience

By Kelly Quinn, Foothill Technology High School December 14, 2022

The sequel to the critically acclaimed game "God of War" (2018), "God of War Ragnarök" immerses players into its rich and evocative setting of Norse mythology and keeps them drawn in all the way to the...

Ranked premeries at Granite Bay in 2019. Photo courtesy of Yarcenia Garcia

Ranked: From stage to screen

By Elise Fisher, Granite Bay High School December 12, 2022

From a Granite Bay High School stage premiere to an HBO documentary, the original musical 'Ranked' has reached national and international stages.  The storyline of 'Ranked' is what creators and former...

Millions of Swifties were told that there were 2000+ people ahead of them in the virtual queue, indicating the high level of demand to see Swift in concert.

Swifties Seeing “Red” with Ticketmaster After Disastrous Concert Presale

By Emmanuelle Desmet, Coral Gables Senior High School December 9, 2022

The controversial ticket sales company Ticketmaster has officially attracted the ire of Swifties, Taylor Swift’s most dedicated fans, with the disastrous presale for her 2023 concert tour that occurred...

James Baek (US) and Meaghan Rattle (AU) prepare for their final match on day three of the Pokémon World Championships 2022.

World Championships: the unknown side of Pokémon

By Andrew Shu, Carlmont High School December 9, 2022

The premise of Pokémon is simple: embark on a journey to catch fictional creatures and engage them in battle, perhaps thwarting an evil power along the way, to become a Pokémon champion. This formula's...

Carter Staggs ’23, in character as Tectonic Theater Project member Greg Pierotti, interviews Elise Fried ’24 and Clara Berg ’25, in character as Reggie Fluty and Marge Murray, respectively. The play uses the real words of Laramie residents gathered through interviews.

Fall Play: ‘The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later’

By Davis Marks and Alden Detmer December 9, 2022

The Performing Arts Department opened the fall play, “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” to audiences in Rugby Theater on Oct. 28, 29 and 30. The show centers on how the community of Laramie, Wyoming...

Women who play video games become a target for verbal attacks.

The Virtual Glass Ceiling

By Melody Cui and Kathryn Foo December 8, 2022

TW: This article contains mentions of sexual assault. She remembers their comments — a stream of stereotypical sexist remarks like “why don't you go back to the kitchen?” cascading out of the...

Susan Allred’s piece, Range, inspired by older English literature, is a young woman’s muddy skirt. The mud represents how women would exercise their rights and showcases how beautiful and difficult the process can be.

Stark Gallery: an art gallery for education, not profit

By Charley Fisher, Xavier College Preparatory Academy - AZ December 8, 2022

Stark Gallery, donated by the Stark family, opened its doors in 2001. Currently Alison Dunn and Nissa Kubly, directors of Stark, decide what comes in and out of the gallery. Stark Gallery allows local...

 Senior Molly Morneweck (right) stands on the set of Growing Pains, the movie in which she plays the part of a teenage girl named Zoe Christopoulos.

Molly Morneweck: Not your average summer job

By Penelope Biddle, Wayland High School December 8, 2022

Senior Molly Morneweck is no stranger to stardom. Since landing her first main role in a school play in eighth grade, she’s played the lead in four school productions. During her physics class last spring,...

DEDICATED DESIGNER: In a homemade outfit, Martin Oliver sews his own clothes. Martin acquired the material for the striped shirt from working on costume design and said the garment is one of his favorite pieces he has made recently. The purple velvet featured in his vest was made by cutting up a robe he got at a flea market. Martin said that making clothes has helped him grow confidence.

Students sew for self-expression

By Clare O'Connor, University of Chicago Laboratory High School December 8, 2022

The foot of a sewing machine is dropped onto fabric with a soft thud. After a second of silence, noise fills the air. The metronomic sound of a needle jolting up and down punches through the machine’s...

Spotify has rolled out a new “Get Ready With Music” feature that creates a custom playlist matching both your outfit and the overall vibe of the day. The feature is entertaining to use, however, is not practical enough to become part of my daily routine.

‘Get Ready With Music’ Spotify feature provides personal entertainment

By Zoe Karibian, The American School in London December 7, 2022

When it comes to music streaming services, Spotify has long been the king of the hill. According to CNN, Spotify is the most popular streaming platform, with 350 million users and 150 million subscribers....

Shuris inspiring journey through grief and loss is the driving force behind Wakanda Forever.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ fills a void

By Audrey Lippert, West Linn High School December 6, 2022

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is miles away from what it was originally written to be, yet somehow is the most cohesive film released by Marvel Studios this year. Following the tragic death of Chadwick...

Stuck in the Middle star Jenna Ortega readapts the role of Wednesday in the new Netflix series Wednesday. Christina Ricci, the actress who played Wednesday in the 1991 film, The Addams Family played a supporting role in the Netflix original.

Netflix’s “Wednesday” is a Supernaturally Good Hit

By Maggie Craig, South Forsyth High School December 5, 2022

Thrilling murder mysteries, frightening monsters and a school of magical beings? No, this isn’t Harry Potter—It’s Netflix’s new series “Wednesday”, a show based off of the beloved Charles Addams...

Junior Makenna ford stands with state representative Candy Noble. Ford was selected to create a ornament for the state house chamber Christmas tree.

An ornamental task

By Dhriti Pai, Lovejoy High School December 2, 2022

Growing up, Makenna Ford loved to decorate ornaments. Now, as a junior in high school, her ornament-making has made its way far from home. In this case, the Texas State Capitol. Ford painted an ornament...

Jazzy Lorenz 23 prepares her camera to film a new episode for the Cmon Now podcast Oct 18. Lorenz was getting her set up ready for an episode named Used Squared on the topic of unloyal friends. Setting up normally takes us about 15 minutes, but occasionally something will happen and well either have to wait for the camera to charge or well have to spend forever adjusting the lighting on the camera, Lorenz said.

C’mon Now, Just Tune In

By Olivia Cadwell, Rock Canyon High School December 1, 2022

Ready, set, action! Sound proofing, headsets, and cameras line the room. Days of work writing a script and recording audio are finally finished. The podcast is live. Dani Zappavigna ‘23 and Jazzy...

Enola Holmes 2 tells a feminist tale through the charismatic and fiery sister of the renowned Sherlock Holmes

“Enola Holmes 2” is the epitome of a family-friendly movie on Netflix

By Ella Shen, Dougherty Valley High School November 30, 2022

"Enola Holmes 2" has it all: relatable teenage romance, epic adventures, charming humor, and an exploration of feminism in the late 1800’s based on loose historical context. Released on Nov. 4, 2022,...

Microtrends are trends that last for just one fashion season, accelerating the trend cycle and quickly deeming particular styles as outdated. “[Micro-trends] kill the ideas of individuality and fashion because people are just following these trends,” fashion enthusiast Shreya Balakrishnan (12) said. “They dont build up on their own style or what they are comfortable and confident with.”

Rise of micro-trends: Social media’s harmful grasp on fast fashion

By Ariana Goetting, Selina Xu, and Claire Zhao November 30, 2022

Chunky jewelry. Hawaiian print dresses. Patchwork jeans. Cow print. These trends once reigned over fashion social media. Now, they gather in the aisles of Goodwill, collect dust in the depths of closets...

Munoz performs as Haemon during an Antigone dress rehearsal on Monday Nov. 7, the shows opening week.

Flipping the script

By Noah Braun, McCallum High School November 28, 2022

While junior Chamila Munoz looks up to her mother, she didn’t become an actor to impress her. She’s always prioritized doing what she wants to do; still, that hunger for the spotlight runs in the family. “My...

Gautam Vedula plays around on the piano, experimenting with different chords to hear how it sounds.

Gautam Vedula scores with music scores

By Anirud Lappathi, California High School - CA November 23, 2022

The short films “The Future is Quantum”, “Speechwriting” and “My Name Is…” all include soundtracks composed and produced by senior Gautam Vedula. But his passion for composing music wasn’t...

The cast of the winter play rehearsing for the upcoming show on November 10, 11, and 12.

Paying homage to a 75-year-old story

By Sadie Good, Lake Zurich High School November 23, 2022

75 years ago, in 1947, Otto Frank, a Jewish man in Amsterdam published his daughter's diary following her death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The diary, titled ‘Diary of A Young Girl: Anne Frank’...

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